SpaceShipOne Feathered Wings

SpaceShipOne Feathered Wings Create Drag

With a unique design feature of jointed "feathered" wings, SpaceShipOne operated much like a badminton shuttlecock. Upon reaching top altitude, it tipped over for a smoother, more efficient reentry. 

  • Created: 2015

  • NASM 2015-05852

  • Copyright/Owner: Smithsonian Institution
  • Source: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Photographer: Eric Long
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